Go Ahead And “Expect”

TORONTO (Oct. 9) — It’s the oldest ploy in the management arsenal of professional sport: Use the media to temper expectation before the season. If things go sideways, you can therefore remind everyone “hey, we told you so”. To varying… Read More

Is The Sun Setting?

TORONTO (Oct. 4) — I want to handle this subject as delicately as possible because I have friends and colleagues that I greatly admire at what remains Canada’s best newspaper sports section. Still, I cannot help but anguish over the… Read More

Perky’s Yarns Are Overdue

TORONTO (Aug. 31) — I remember saying to myself: “Howard, just watch Dave Perkins. Observe the way he comports himself around athletes and you will learn immeasurably.” So, that’s what I did. It was Aug. 17, 1987. At Pearson International… Read More

Kessel Was Full Value, But…

TORONTO (June 14) — Fans of the Maple Leafs should not begrudge Phil Kessel for raising the Stanley Cup. Kessel was hardly a passenger in the 2016 playoffs, leading Pittsburgh in scoring with 10 goals and 22 points. It proved… Read More

Heady Times at MLSE

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 10) — After a glorious weekend in which the Maple Leafs and Raptors combined for four victories, you can bet there are plenty of smiles at 60 Bay St. today. Profits aside, Maple Leaf Sports Read More

Baseball Nostalgia at SkyDome

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 7) – Mother Nature provided an absolutely perfect evening on Friday for Toronto Blue Jays to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first baseball game at SkyDome – now Rogers Centre. The defending National League-champion… Read More

Kadri-Carlyle Will Not Work

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 6) – It appears all but certain that Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis will have to make a decision before the National Hockey League trade deadline this year: Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle. Should… Read More

Dave Perkins: Mentor and Friend

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 3) – I can still remember how the shock registered. It was during a long, Air Canada flight from Toronto to San Francisco in August 1987 (typically, a six-hour ride). I was aboard for an Read More
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